Tech Strategy Trends:

February, 2011


February 28, 2011  4:51 PM

Automate Your Windows Updates



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Automatic Updates, Control Panel, patches, updates, Windows 7, Windows Update

Unless you have a dedicated IT administrator--or preferably a dedicated information security administrator--who performs the role of testing and analyzing new patches and updates prior to implementation, your patches and updates should be automated. Large organizations have different needs, but...

February 28, 2011  4:23 PM

Taming Uncooperative Software With Task Manager



Posted by: Tony Bradley
applications, CPU, processes, RAM, Task Manager, Windows 7

I know that your Windows 7 PC just runs flawlessly 24/7, so you probably don't need this tip. But, I install and uninstall various tools, services and software all the time just to try them out. Some work great, while others are less than stellar and may cause conflicts that bog the system...


February 28, 2011  3:51 PM

Customize Your Windows 7 User Account Picture



Posted by: Tony Bradley
avatar, Control Panel, picture, user account, Windows 7

When you set up a user account in Windows 7, it is automatically associated with an image. That image, which--by default--is selected from a pool of eclectic and diverse images that come with the operating system, is displayed in a little square as the avatar for the designated user account. You...


February 27, 2011  12:04 PM

Stop Windows 7 from Sleeping When You Close Your Laptop



Posted by: Tony Bradley
disable sleep when laptop lid is closed, hibernate, laptop lid, power saving, sleep, Windows 7

I like to be environmentally-conscious and conserve energy. I own a Prius--that should count for something. But, some of the energy-saving "features" in Windows 7 are a bigger pain in the ass than they're worth. For example, I do all of my work on a laptop. Generally, the laptop sits under a...


February 27, 2011  11:42 AM

Make Windows 7 Control Panel More Functional



Posted by: Tony Bradley
change view, Control Panel, list, user friendly, Windows 7

I am sure you don't have any problem, and that it is only me who finds the default Control Panel layout in Windows 7 dysfunctional. For whatever reason, though, I am not  afan of the "user-friendly" grouping of Control Panel tools by function. By default, there are eight categories of tools...


February 25, 2011  11:44 PM

Make Windows 7 Migration Smooth with MAP 5.5



Posted by: Tony Bradley
implementation, MAP, Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, migration, upgrade, Windows 7

It can be daunting when you are an IT admin tasked with preparing your organization for the switch to Windows 7. A significant amount of planning and preparation must be done up front to ensure that the systems can are ready, and that the software and tools the organization relies on will continue...


February 25, 2011  11:19 PM

Microsoft Plans New Cloud Certifications



Posted by: Tony Bradley
certifications, cloud, MCDP, MCITP, Microsoft

Everything seems to be all about the cloud these days. Well, at least those things that aren't about tablets. While there are many benefits and advantages to be found with cloud-based servers, applications, and storage, embracing the cloud also comes with unique challenges and hurdles. Whether...


February 25, 2011  10:55 PM

Welcome to the MVP Nation



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Microsoft MVP, Most Valuable Professional, MVP Global Summit, MVP Nation, SMB Nation

Next week Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) from around the world will descend on Redmond for the annual MVP Global Summit. As the site describes it, "the MVP Global Summit enables MVPs to connect with other MVPs, build...


February 25, 2011  10:39 PM

Windows 7 Tablets on the Horizon



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Android, iOS, iPad, MSI, tablet PC, Windows, Xoom

Apple already has a virtual monopoly on the tablet PC market with the iPad, and it has a media event slated for next week where it is expected to unveil...


February 19, 2011  7:41 AM

Countdown to Windows 7 Service Pack 1



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Dynamic Memory, Remote Desktop, RemoteFX, service pack, sp1, virtual machines, Windows 7

In three days Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will be released to the general public. As of Tuesday, Windows 7 SP1 will show up as...


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